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Top 5 reasons some parents are hesitant about getting their children vaccinated

Research shows that kids eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine are the least likely to get it
Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 5:12 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 6, 2021 at 8:16 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Research shows that kids eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine are the least likely to get the shot, with just one in three kids ages 12-15 having received at least one dose.

QuoteWizard research analyst Nick Vinzant, who with his team members analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau, said they found there are five reasons some parents won’t allow their kids to roll up their sleeves and get the vaccination.

“People are very concerned about side effects. They’re waiting to see if the vaccine is safe, they don’t trust the vaccine, they don’t trust the government or they simply do not vaccinate their children. Those are the five main reasons we found why parents are hesitant.”

However people feel about getting vaccinated themselves, Vinzant added, those feelings are stronger when it comes to their children.

“What we found nationwide is about 56% of people say they are not getting vaccinated because they are worried about side effects. When it comes to their children, that number goes way up to nearly 70%.”

Their study also reveals that in Louisiana:

  • 55% of parents are concerned about side effects
  • 40% don’t trust the government
  • 37% are waiting to see if the vaccine is safe
  • 15% say they’re unsure whether their children need it

“I think the big takeaway from that is... that the message from elected officials and government officials needs to be crystal clear because people are very skeptical when it comes to their children. So there can be mixed messages,” Vinzant said.

The study also shows that South Dakota, Vermont, Montana, Arizona, and Pennsylvania have the highest numbers of people who don’t vaccinate their children.

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